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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Appendix Z - M. R. James



Appendix Z - M. R. James

He writes frightening ghost and horror stories. I think he is the scariest ghost story writer I've come across. His work doesn't fit into the 'weird' as much as it does into the 'horror', but not the more modern blood and atrocities kind of horror. His is the kind of horror that can make you want to look under the bed, or maybe, not want to look under the bed. The kind of story that dreaming about can wake you up in the middle of the night and turn the light on. You read his story and you think about locking the door and maybe wedging a chair up under the handle or you begin to regret that shutterless big glass window in your room. This man is definitely a master.


A Neighbour's Landmark
A Night in King's College Chapel
A School Story
A View from a Hill
A Vignette
A Warning to the Curious
After Dark in the Playing Fields
An Episode of Cathedral History
An Evening's Entertainment
The Ash-tree
Canon Alberic's Scrap-book
Casting the Runes
Count Magnus
The Diary of Mr Poynter
The Experiment
The Fenstanton Witch
The Game of Bear (unfinished)
John Humphreys (unfinished)
Lost Hearts
The Malice of Inanimate Objects
Marcilly-le-Hayer (draft)
Martin's Close
Merfield House (unfinished)
The Mezzotint
Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance
Number 13
"Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad
Rats
The Residence at Whitminster
The Rose Garden
Speaker Lenthall's Tomb (incomplete)
The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral
The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance
There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard
The Tractate Middoth
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
Two Doctors
The Uncommon Prayer-book

Wailing Well




2 comments:

  1. Adding this author to my own appendix N. Thanks for pointing the way!

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  2. Jeff Talanian of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperboria fame pointed out this fantastic review of M.R. James by Clark Ashton Smith.

    http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/nonfiction/15/the-weird-works-of-m.r.-james

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